Verizon IndyCar Series - Juan Pablo Montoya

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Simon Pagenaud Schmidt Peterson Motorsports
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6th
Scott Dixon Target Chip Ganassi Racing
Juan Pablo Montoya
Juan Pablo  Montoya
Team Penske
  • 2
  • Columbia
5th
Juan Pablo Montoya
Driver Info
Juan Pablo Montoya
All-Time Career Statistics - Verizon IndyCar Series
  • Championship
    1
  • Indy 500 Wins
    1
  • Total Poles
    15
  • Race Wins
    12
2
Biography of Juan Pablo Montoya

Juan Pablo Montoya jumped at the opportunity to return to open-wheel racing in 2014 as the driver of the No. 2 entry Team Penske. After all, driving for Roger Penske had been Montoya's dream since he began racing go-karts as a child in Bogota, Colombia.

Few drivers in motorsports history can match the credentials of Montoya. He is the only driver to win a CART title, the Indianapolis 500 and the 24 Hours At Daytona, all in his first attempt. He also has won races in Formula One.

"I came to Team Penske to race for Roger Penske and to drive race-winning cars," Montoya said. "The chance to work with Will Power and Helio Castroneves, two of the quickest drivers in the sport, made it a 'no-brainer.' The possibilities for this team are tremendous. I'm excited to be a part of it."

 


VERIZON INDYCAR SERIES HIGHLIGHTS

First start: May 28, 2000 (Indianapolis)
First victory: May 28, 2000 (Indianapolis)

2000
• Became first driver in 34 years to win the Indianapolis 500 in first start, driving for Target Chip Ganassi Racing.

ROAD TO VERIZON INDYCAR SERIES

2013
• Finished 21st in NASCAR Sprint Cup Series standings for Earnhardt Ganassi Racing.
• Recorded four top-five finishes and eight top-10 results.
• Won third Rolex 24 Hours At Daytona.

2012
• Finished 22nd in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series standings for Earnhardt Ganassi Racing.
• Recorded back-to-back pole positions at Pocono Raceway and Watkins Glen International.
• Competed in two Grand-Am Series races – the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona and the Brickyard Grand Prix at Indianapolis Motor Speedway – as he finished fourth in both events.

2011
• Finished 21st in NASCAR Sprint Cup Series standings for Earnhardt Ganassi Racing.
• Recorded two top-five finishes and eight top-10 results.
• Won pole positions at Auto Club Speedway in March and Richmond International Raceway in April.
• Scored second-place finish in the Rolex 24 Hours At Daytona.

2010
• Finished 17th in NASCAR Sprint Cup Series standings.
• Led 74 of 90 laps at Watkins Glen International in August to score his second victory, becoming the first foreign-born driver to win multiple series races.
• Won pole positions at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in June, Indianapolis Motor Speedway in July and Talladega Superspeedway in October.
• Recorded six top-five finishes and 14 top-10 results.

2009
• Finished eighth in NASCAR Sprint Cup Series standings.
• Became the first foreign-born driver, first former Formula One driver and first Indianapolis 500 champion to qualify for Chase for the Championship.
• Won first career series pole position at Talladega in April.
• Recorded seven top-five and 18 top-10 finishes.

2008
• Became the first driver in history to win the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona in his first two starts.
• Recorded two top-five finishes and three top-10 finishes in NASCAR Sprint Cup Series competition.

2007
• Won NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Rookie of the Year and finished 20th in standings.
• Recorded one win, three top-five finishes and six top-10 results.
• Won his first Rolex 24 Hours At Daytona in his first start.
• Won first NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez in Mexico City in his seventh career start.

2006
• Competed for the McLaren Mercedes team in Formula One.
• Recorded two podium results.
• Made ARCA starts at Talladega Superspeedway and Iowa Speedway.

2005
• Joined McLaren Mercedes in Formula One and earned his first win for team in the British Grand Prix at Silverstone.
• Also won the Italian Grand Prix at Monza and the Grand Prix of Brazil at Interlagos.

2004
• Recorded F1 victory in final race of season at Brazil for Williams BMW team.

2003
• Finished third in Formula One standings for Williams BMW.
• Recorded victories at Monaco and Germany.
• Had nine podiums overall.

2002
• Earned seven Formula One pole positions for Williams.

2001
• Made Formula One debut at the Australian Grand Prix, qualifying 11th and finishing fifth.
• Won first race at the Italian Grand Prix at Monza.
• Earned three pole positions and four podium finishes.

2000
• Won three CART races for Target Chip Ganassi Racing.

1999
• Won CART championship in his first season for Target Chip Ganassi Racing.
• Earned seven wins.
• Won Jim Trueman Rookie of the Year honors.

1997-98
• Raced in the Formula 3000 series while also becoming a Formula One test driver for the Williams BMW team.
• Won the 1998 Formula 3000 championship.

Early career
Four-time Columbian National Karting Champion from 1981-84. … Raced in Junior World Cup Go-Karting Championship in 1990, alongside current Team Penske teammate Helio Castroneves. … Finished third in 1995 British Formula Vauxhall Championship. ... Finished fifth in the 1996 British Formula 3 Series.

Year Series Starts Wins Poles** Top 5 Top 10 Laps Led RAF
2014 Verizon IndyCar Series 14 1 1 5 6 74 13
2000 Verizon IndyCar Series 1 1 0 1 1 167 1
2000 CART 20 3 7 5 9 820 8
1999 CART 20 7 7 10 13 954 15
Total 55 12 15 21 29 2015 37
Year Series Starts Wins Poles** Top 5 Top 10 Laps Led RAF
* Under INDYCAR sanction RAF = Running at Finish
** Includes all poles, including those awarded based on entrant points
Team Penske

Roger Penske has been racing and winning in the United States since 1958 and has scored victories in every series in which he has competed. Penske Racing has earned 22 national championships, including 12 in Indy car racing.

Penske was one of America's most successful young road racers before he retired from driving in 1965 to focus on his business interests. He fielded Corvettes in the 1966 endurance races at Daytona and Sebring before joining forces with driver Mark Donohue to race in the USRRC and Can-Am sports car series. Penske Racing found success early with Donohue, winning two consecutive USRRC championships and three SCCA Trans-Am championships.

Penske Racing and Donohue moved into Indy car racing by racing in two USAC-sanctioned road races in 1968. In 1969, the team entered the Indianapolis 500 for the first time, and Donohue finished seventh, earning Rookie of the Year honors.

Since then, a Penske Racing car has been in Victory Circle at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway 15 times -- most recently in 2009 with Helio Castroneves -- and won the IZOD IndyCar Series championship in 2006 with Sam Hornish Jr.

Drivers who have competed in Penske Racing open-wheel cars in CART and the IZOD IndyCar Series include Mario Andretti, Al Unser, Bobby Unser, Al Unser Jr., Tom Sneva, Rick Mears, Danny Sullivan, Emerson Fittipaldi, Paul Tracy, Al Unser Jr., Gil de Ferran, Gary Bettenhausen, Paul Tracy, Andre Ribiero, Castroneves, Hornish, Will Power, Ryan Briscoe, and Juan Pablo Montoya.